Part of ash  genus Fraxinus and ash / lilac / olive  family Oleaceae.

Native to North America's Midwest, Ohio Valley and Appalachia.

Formerly abundant, in much of its range, this tree (and other native ashes) have been killed (or are now being killed) by parasitic insect emerald ash borer (EAB)  Agrilus planipennis.

Like the white ash  Fraxinus americana, makes great baseball bats, 🔨︎ tool handles, furniture and flooring.

Fraxinus hosts caterpillars of 150 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  Native alternatives for ashes killed by EAB (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Learn more about blue ash Fraxinus quadrangulata

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